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Daryl's House Club.
Band of Friends live at Daryl's House Club April 18th.


Watch the video on DHC FB page.

The Birchmere Music Hall.
Here we are in DC.


European Blues Awards.
We have been nominated for the European Blues Awards again (Best Band).



Go to European Blues Awards and vote for for your favourite live band.
Thank you.
Gerry,Ted,Marcel

 
Lust for Life
De 20 beste life acts.



Wat maakte Rory Gallagher in jouw optiek zo bijzonder als performer?
...Zijn totale toewijding. Rory was volkomen authentiek,
Hij was daarnaast natuurlijk een fenomenale gitarist...
Read the complete article here
: LustforLife.

Cropredy with Dan Ar Braz.


                               picture by Simon Dunkerley

European Blues Award.
Ted McKenna finally receives Best Musician Award.



Ted McKenna from Band of Friends receives the award for Best Musician 2015 from Bluesman Mike Francis last Friday 7th July at the Linton Blues Festival UK 2017

Interview with Gerry McAvoy
"Er wordt mij wel vaker gevraagd of Band of Friends aan mijn verwachtingen voldoet.
Ik heb eerlijk gezegd nooit iets verwacht.
Kijk, ineens dient zich een kans aan, die pak je en het begint te lopen.
Je slaat vervolgens op een bepaald moment een richting in zonder precies te weten waar je uitkomt.
Het enige wat ik altijd zeker wist is dat de muziek van Rory nog altijd overal tot de verbeelding spreekt."
Read the complete article here
: BluesMagazine

Gitarre & Bass.
Interview with Gerry McAvoy before the concert at the BluesGarage Isernhagen.
You can watch the conversation here
: Gitarre & Bass

Dutch Blues Awards.
Congratulations Marcel Scherpenzeel!



Winner of the Best Guitarist at the 2016 Dutch Blues Awards.
Thanks to everyone who voted for Marcel.


Concert review W2 Den Bosch.
By Ton Kok.
...Ook in de tweede helft van de set een mooie bloemlezing uit het repertoire van de G-Man met hier ondermeer "Bought And Sold", "Tattoo'd Lady" en "Shadow Play". Uiteraard ontbreekt een schitterende versie van "A Million Miles Away" niet.
Het nummer wordt opgedragen aan Wilgar Campbell, Rod de'Ath en Lou Martin, maar ook aan Alvin Lee en natuurlijk Rory.
Het publiek zingt dit nummer van begin tot einde uit volle borst mee en het is toch wel hartverwarmend om te zien dat Rory nog volop leeft in de harten van veel fans...
Read the article here
: TheBluesAlone

Concert review De Bosuil Weert.
By Walther Vanheuckelom.
...Vanaf het begin werden alle registers open getrokken met 'The Man I Am', een bluesrocker van topklasse en ook de opener van hun recentste album.
De energieke bassist Gerry McAvoy bestreek weer het hele podium en zocht zoals altijd veel contact met het publiek en met zijn mede muzikanten
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Ted McKenna was weer erg gedreven achter zijn drumkit en hield alles met sterk slagwerk onder controle.
Marcel was in zijn gekende stijl weer groots en ging er weer zo stevig tegen aan op zijn oude Fender Stratocaster, dat er na een paar nummers al veel zweetdruppels te bespeuren waren.
Zowel het publiek als het trio op het podium hadden het naar hun zin en dat was heel erg te merken tijdens het strakke 'Do You Read Me'...
Read the article here
: Concertmonkey

Dé Blueskrant.
..."Repeat After me" Een album dat vanaf het eerste nummer tot het laatste nummer stampt en rockt zonder de blues ook maar een moment uit het oog te verliezen.
Een plaat gemaakt met ouderwets vakmanschap zoals de allergrootsten uit Groot-Brittanië dat voor hun deden.
Met dit album willen we laten horen dat BOF een opzichzelfstaande band is dat het natuurlijke proces van progressie niet afdamt.



...Ik hou van het Rory repertoire en we blijven dat gewoon spelen in welke vorm dan ook. Onze muziek is in de basis niet veel anders geworden...
Read the complete article here
: Dé Blueskrant. (PDF)

European Blues Awards.
Wow. Another award nomination!
We feel pretty special to be up against Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Castro, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks.
If you think we're worth the title of "Best Band", then please cast your vote : European Blues Awards

Album review (Altcountryforum)
Review by Johan Schoenmakers.
...Het nieuwste avontuur "Repeat After Me" laat een hecht klinkende band horen met grotendeels eigen materiaal met als boodschap alle aspecten van het leven goed te overdenken.
Een plaat die uitpuilt van de ouderwetse vakmanschap. Zorgvuldig repeterend voordat de opnameknop werd ingedrukt.
De invloeden van de lichtvoetige zestiger jaren popmuziek met fraaie samenzang in nummers als Parisian Girls, Repeat After Me en Homeland zou je een ontwikkeling kunnen noemen.
Toch overheerst op het nieuwe album op superieuze wijze de combinatie van blues en rock.Genieten geblazen...
Read the article here:
Altcountryforum

Dutch Blues Awards.
We love him, You all love him, and the blues foundation have now nominated him for Blues Guitarist of the Year!



Should you wish to cast your vote for the amazing Marcel Scherpenzeel , you can do so here: Dutch Blues Awards

Album review (Keys and Chords)
Review by Lambert Smits.
...Schoolvoorbeelden hiervan zijn het supermooie, door Marcel met subliem gitaarwerk geïnjecteerde 'A Sense Of Freedom', 'Homeland' en 'Parisian Girls'.
En wie bij 'Nothing For Nothing' de adrenaline niet door zijn lijf voelt gieren of kan weerstaan aan dat opzwepend rifje uit 'Pick Up The Gun' is toch echt wel een 'kouwe kikker'.

...'Repeat After Me' is een album dat bol staat met songs die met beide voeten stevig in de rock en blues staan. Band Of Friends weet verdomd goed hoe ze hun invloeden en talenten moeten benutten en vooral welke muzikale richting ze wensen in te slaan.
Read the article here:
Keys and Chords

Album review (Concert Monkey)
Review by Walter Vanheuckelom.
...'Nothing For Nothing' begint met een verschroeiende gitaar riff en in 'Wanna Be Next To You' haalt Marcel weergaloos uit op de Stratocaster. De ritme sectie met Ted McKenna op drums en Gerry McAvoy op bas is in grote doen tijdens 'Pick Up The Gun'.
Read the article here: ConcertMonkey

Album review (Gitarist).
Rory Gallagher is al heel lang niet meer onder ons, maar zijn ritmesectie (bassist Gerry McAvoy en drummer Ted McKenna) werkt alweer enige tijd samen met met de Amsterdamse zanger/gitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel.
Tot aan zijn heldere, transparante Strat-geluid is Gallaghers invloed te horen.
Toch is 'Repeat After Me' geen oefening in nostalgie.

Het is een op zichzelf staande, frisse bluesrockplaat met tien gloednieuwe nummers.
En een opvallend krachtige, vervormde interpretatie van het folky A Sense Of Freedom, dat Gallagher met Frankie Miller opnam.
King Of The Street lijkt een eerbetoon aan (of parodie op) Bob Dylan. (KP)
Source: Gitarist.


Album review (De Muziekrecensist).
BAND OF FRIENDS behelst het samenwerkings-
verband tussen de Nederlandse bluesrocker Marcel Scherpenzeel met de ritmesectie van de in 1995 veel te vroeg overleden Rory Gallagher, te weten Gerry McAvoy (bas, zang) en Ted McKenna (drums, zang).
Ze werken al sinds 2011 samen met als doel de muziek van de Ierse meestergitarist levend te houden, maar nu hebben ze dus ook een cd gemaakt met daarop eigen werk dat de mannen gezamenlijk schreven, behalve dan A Sense Of Freedom, de heerlijke cover van Frankie 'Fucking' Miller.

Die composities op Repeat After Me vallen, dat zal niemand verbazen, in het bluesy hardrockidioom zoals ook Rory Gallagher die schreef.
Persoonlijke favorieten: Don't Ever Change, Repeat After Me, Homeland (een liedje dat ik hitkansen toedicht) en Wanna Be Next To You.

'Marcel is the closest thing to Rory you'd ever hear', aldus McAvoy in een interview en als er iemand is dat zo iets kan beoordelen, dan is het hij wel.
Lekkere rockplaat van een band die de planken uit het podium speelt.
Review by Joop.
Source: De Muziekrecensist

A Brand New Album.
Released 3rd October 2016.

BAND OF FRIENDS
Release their 2nd studio album "Repeat After Me"

 1 Don't Ever Change
 2 The Man I Am
 3 Repeat After Me
 4 A Sense Of Freedom
 5 Homeland
 6 Soul To Soul
 7 Nothing For Nothing
 8 Wanna Be Next To You
 9 Pick Up The Gun
10 Parisian Girls
11 King Of The Street
The album is available to buy on the website and through the usual digital channels(iTunes/Amazon).

With the exception of 'A Sense Of Freedom' (Written by Frankie Miller, and performed by Frankie, Rory Gallagher, Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna for the film of the same name in 1979), 'Repeat After Me' is an album of entirely original songs.

McAvoy says "the band adopted an old school approach of fully rehearsing the pieces before a record button was hit.
We both rehearsed and wrote the songs at the same time.
At times it was quite daunting"

With a focus on all our musical influences.
Marcel's love of Rock & Roll and blues and Gerry and Ted's background, playing top 40 songs in the sixties, Tamla Motown, Soul music.
Plus being influenced by the likes of Rory Gallagher, Alex Harvey and other writing talents.
This became a melting pot, when stirred became potent.

This music is as technically demanding as anything BOF have ever played.
As a whole, it's a confident and assertive exploration of the possibilities of a modern trio.
Lyrically, 'Repeat After Me' is extremely diverse. Taking on all aspects of life, on and off the road.
'Repeat After Me' is a vital addition for Band Of Friends, and Rory Gallagher fans alike.

Whilst essentially the core of Rory Gallagher's band (1978-1981) - Band Of Friends have progressed towards being a songwriting team in their own right.
Peerless and relentlessly creative; Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna have played as a rhythm section together for a total of  8 years - with the addition of guitar supremo Marcel Scherpenzeel in 2012, the band have gone from strength to strength - Winner of the European Blues Award in 2013, and Best musician award (2015 Ted McKenna) Keeping alive the spirit of Rory Gallagher with their perfect renditions of old favourites, with the addition of their own material, Band Of Friends continue to impress audiences  around the World.

Guitar Player 2007.
Interview with Alex Lifeson.(Rush)



Rory Gallagher opened for Rush back in the '80s.
Did you get any blues inspiration from him?

Absolutely. He was awesome. We opened for him in 1974, so it was great to do those shows with him in the '80s.
I learned a lot from him. All those pick-harmonic things I do-I got those from him.

I also loved his use of syncopated delays. I think he was an essential player for that period, and he was just a terrific person.
He influenced a lot of guys. He was a huge influence on the Edge.
Read the article here: Guitar Player


Ballyshannon 2016.
Sound Check at Ballyshannon.


                       Recorded by Matthew Kelly

A nice piece of history.
Ted & Gerry in 1979.



Nieuwe Revu.
Marcel had a great piece in the Dutch magazine "Nieuwe Revu" (3 parts)
Interview by Mark van den Tempel, Photos by Gerard Wessels.

...Maar wie was toch de boomlange gitarist naast hem die er de ene waanzinnige solo na de andere uitperste?...
Read the article here: Revu part1



...Dan kijk je op en zie je 8000 mensen staan en denk je, godverdomme. Maar uiteindelijk valt dat altijd weer weg. Wij staan ons mannetje.
Het is eigenlijk altijd een feest...
Read the article here: Revu part2



...Elke muzikant heeft iets destructiefs, die nemen voor lief wat ze hebben bereikt.
Dan is het heel goed om even te gaan zitten om te bedenken waar je in het leven staat.
Thuis in Amsterdam is dat precies wat Marcel doet. Terugkijken, en beseffen dat het ook heel anders had kunnen lopen...
Read the article here:
Revu part3

Dremufuestias.
Concert review Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg
By Philipp Wolter.

...Wir drängeln uns gerade mit Getränken bewaffnet nach vorne, da betritt die Band auch schon die Bühne.
Den ersten Eindruck fasst wohl jeder sofort in den Gedanken: „Alter, haben die Bock!“ Die drei lieben, was sie tun, das ist mal ganz klar...
Read the article here: Dremufuestias

Concert Monkey.
Album review of "Live 'N' Kickin".
By Walter Vanheuckelom.

...Net als Rory heeft Marcel die kenmerkende en heel gedreven stijl van gitaar spelen. Gerry McAvoy en Ted McKenna zijn duidelijk op elkaar ingespeeld en zorgen voor de uptempo groove.
'Moonchild' heeft dezelfde energie en dynamiek als zijn voorganger.
Dit is muziek die je speelt, maar ook beluistert met heel je hart en ziel...
Read the article here: Concert Monkey

European Blues Awards.
Band Of Friends drummer McKenna, formerly of the Rory Gallagher Band and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, tells The Blues: "Being nominated was a surprise – I didn't know anything about it.
We've been busy with the new album and I only found out on the old Facebook".


                (Photo by Tony Joe Gardner)

"It’s very nice to win something like this. It makes you feel people are paying attention to what the band's doing.
Thanks to all the people who took the time to vote for me.
Rock'n'roll – and blues, of course!"
Source: European Blues Awards

The Blues Alone.
Live review De Boerderij Zoetermeer.
By Giel van der Hoeven.

...Al vanaf het openingsnummer 'Continental Op'-waarbij Gerry McAvoy opkwam met gebalde vuist-was die synergie tussen de drie duidelijk zichtbaar en voelbaar.
In een houding als Meneer Wijdbeens beroerd McAvoy voornamelijk met zijn wijsvinger de bassnaren en bespeeld hij het publiek geraffineerd maar spontaan.
Want de energie mag dan onuitputtelijk zijn, het moet natuurlijk wel opgewekt worden!



Drummer Ted McKenna werd onlangs nog verkozen tot European Blues Award winner 2015 (Best Musician, Performance).
De man heeft een geweldige staat van dienst maar verscholen tussen zijn potten en pannen liet hij zoals altijd vooral van zich horen middels strakke opzwepende ritmes.

Met alleen in 'Off The Handle' een kort solo-uitstapje als hij wordt aangemoedigd door Gerry: "Do you have the blues mister McKenna?!"...
Read the article here: The Blues Alone

Concert Monkey.
Live review Spirit of 66 Verviers.
By Walter Vanheuckelom.

...In Verviers mochten we 'Sing It With The Band' horen, een rocker met een meezing refrein, die naadloos overging in ''Leap Of Feath', dat zo op een Rory album had kunnen staan.
De finale begon er aan te komen en dus ook de grootste hits van de Ierse legende Rory Gallagher.

Het feestje begon met het erg gedreven 'Philby' en orkestmeester Gerry zorgde er weer voor dat er telkens een luidruchtig Yeah, Yeah, Yeah doorheen De Spirit klonk.
Zelfs minuten na het einde van het nummer was het enthousiaste publiek nog aan het meezingen.

Marcel ging weer zinderend te keer op zijn Strat en even later stonden beide heren weer zij aan zij op de rand van het podium de show te stelen, tot grote tevredenheid van het publiek...
Read the article here: Concert Monkey

European Blues Awards 2015.(2)
Wow! This is fantastic news!
Congratulations Ted Mckenna!!!



Winner of Best Musician (performance) at the 2015 European Blues Awards.
Thanks to everyone who voted for the Big Beat Man.

 

European Blues Awards 2015.
It's that time of year again, where voting opens for the European Blues Awards.
We've just found out that our very own Ted McKenna has been nominated for "Musician Of The Year"!



You're under no obligation, but if you feel like casting a vote, the link is here: European Blues Awards.

Blues in the Northwest.
Concert review from The Cavern Liverpool.
Powered by the superb rhythm section of McAvoy and McKenna, who drove the music along,
Marcel Scherpenzeel delivered some brilliant guitar, and he has a more than serviceable voice to carry off all the material.
Read the article here
:
Bluesinthenorthwest.

A few words from Gerry ...

"Having an honour bestowed upon myself by Belfast City council, would have been something I never dreamed of, but through the efforts of Mervyn Blair and Cllr Julie Anne Corr PUP, it came to fruition.
Many thanks guys.

The day started with much trepidation and Jangling nerves.
No guitar in my fist, I felt naked.

This was all put to rest when I eventually met the Lord Mayor - Arder Carson, in the Lord Mayors Parlour, in the City Hall.
He just had a way of putting everyone at ease, with his banter and great humour.
A great character indeed.

After the greeting, it was speech making time which I wasn’t really prepared for.

The Lord Mayor kicked off by addressing the fact that there are many talented people, in the entertainment and sports fields from Belfast, that don’t get recognition. I would second that fact.

He then gave me the coat of arms of Belfast, which was a very touching and emotional moment for me.

I was thrown in at the deep end.
I managed a few words of thanks for the honour Belfast city was giving me.
I also added the fact that there were other musicians who came to Belfast with Rory in those dark days, namely Wilgar Campbell, Rod de’Ath, Lou Martin, Ted McKenna , Brendan ONeill, and Mark Feltham.
Also all the road crews / tour managers / Lighting crews /truck drivers, who came along with us.

The afternoon was rounded of by a speech by Jim Clarke, who gave a history of the Belfast music scene from the 50’s to the present day.
Great speech James.

Lastly Phil McDonnell had the final word.
Phil was Rory Gallagher’s sound man and Tour Manager for many years. He made a very emotional speech, which brought a lump to my throat.

Lastly Thank you to friends and family who were with me at the ceremony either in the flesh or in spirit, especially my wife Regine and my son and daughter Ciaran and Niamh, and my sister, brother in law and all the family in Canada.

Also thank you to all the great messages on Facebook and on the web site.
Gerry "

Here's the official photo from Mondays Ceremony at Belfast City Hall.
In the photo L - R
Jim Ferguson /Jim Clarke / Mervyn Blair / Cllr Mervyn Jones/ Phil McDonnell / Lord Mayor Arder Carson / Ethne Ferguson / Gerry McAvoy / Libby Blair/ Regine McAvoy / Kathy Clarke.

"Live 'N' Kickin"
BOF's live album" Live 'N' Kickin" is out now!



"Live 'N' Kickin" , features 9 tracks that were recorded whilst the guys were on tour across Europe in 2014.
You can order the album through
the website.

Gerry McAvoy.
On the 5th October 2015, Gerry is being honoured by Belfast City Council.
This will take place at a civic reception at the City Hall, Belfast, N Ireland.

We must give huge thanks to Merv Blair for his part in making this happen, and Gerry extends his love and appreciation to his family, friends, and everyone else who's been a fan of the music to which he has added his magic ...

Fairport's Cropredy Festival 2015.
Festival review by Simon Dunkerly.


                   (Photo by Simon Dunkerley)

Band Of Friends are as close to Rory Gallagher as you will get, led by sometime Gallagher band-mates, bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna, with the amazing Marcel Scherpenzeel on guitar.

Kicking off with 'Cradle Rock', they were tight and enjoying the huge stage and crowd.
They were also joined for a few tracks by Dan Ar Braz and, although a welcome diversion, they didn’t get to play crowd favourites 'Messin With The Kid' or the usual set finisher 'Bullfrog Blues'.

They did manage to squeeze in a few of their new tracks including 'Leap Of Faith' and 'Sing It With The Band' which fit in well with the Rory stuff.
Source: Get Ready to Rock.

Bospop 2015.
Festival review from Bospop 2015.



Rory Gallagher was by his spirit in the tent for the Irish-Dutch three-guys unity of Band Of Friends.
BOF started by “Cradle Rock” and the rhythm aces of Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna played some dynamite grooves which made the fire of passion to sparkle immediately between the musicians and fans.

Marcel Scherpenzeel proved what hell of a guitar wizard he is whilst “Philby”, playing his solos singing his own kind of way, not only a mere copy of Rory’s unique starry style. The freaks in the packed tent agitated as hellhound background-choir.
Extraterrestrial top was the version of “Bad Penny”.
Band Of Friends kicked out the jams!
Source:
BluesMagazine.

More reviews from Bospop 2015.


All in Dutch.
The Blues Alone
Bospop
Blues - Rockreview
Festival Info
VPRO 3voor12
Rockportaal

A nice piece of History!

Rory with Jerry Lee Lewis "The Session"
Picture: Michael Ochs Archives.

Get Ready to Rock.
Concert review from The Robin 2.
Review by Simon Dunkerley.



...Listening to the crowd response and the quality of the new music I can see that Gerry, Ted and Marcel have hit the right balance of old and new and with a summer of gigs and festivals booked Blues Rock is going to be taking the crowds by storm.
Read the article here:
Get Ready to Rock.

Dirty Rock.
Concert review from Antzokia Bilbao Spain.
Read the article here:
Dirty Rock Magazine.

Bluesdoodles.
Concert review from The Globe.
Energetic bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna have the rhythm and beat that made Rory so fabulous as he flew with the guitar.
Dutch guitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel fronts the band with stylish guitar playing and vocals that make every song sing and the interaction and energy between Marcel and Gerry makes this into a show of verve and drive....
Read the article here:
Bluesdoodles.

Onyx Metal.
Concert review from Easter Rockfest Leffrinckoucke.
Read the article here in
French.
Or here in
English (Google-Translate)
Onyx-Metal.com

Get Ready to Rock.
Band Of Friends, the band featuring long-time Rory Gallagher bass player Gerry McAvoy, hits the road from 15 April for a series of dates.



Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna worked together with Rory Gallagher on the three albums 'Photo-Finish', 'Top Priority' and 'Stage Struck' whilst McAvoy appeared on all of Gallagher’s studio albums. Together with Dutch guitarist-vocalist Marcel Scherpenzeel they transcend a mere tribute act and have now released a collection of their own songs.

Says McAvoy: "Too Much Is Not Enough" is a line in the sand for us. We’re always going keep Rory’s songs alive – but we’re creative artists too and it’s time to make that point.

"The tracks came about when we did a writing session in Cumbria last year…I think you’ll see a direct line from the DVD (also included in the package) through our cover of 'If I Had A Reason' to the new tracks.
We’re looking forward to discovering where it'll take us."
Source:
Get Ready to Rock.


Rory Gallagher Int. Festival 2015
"Remembering Rory - 20 Years After"
Superb programme announced for Rory Gallagher Festival 2015 in Ballyshannon, Ireland



This year's Festival is set to be very Special in remembering Rory Gallagher, 20 Years after his sad passing.

Gary Jackson Radio.
Interview with Gerry McAvoy.
Listen the interview here: Gary Jackson Interview.

The Irish Rock Story:
A Tale of Two Cities.

A 60 minute musical celebration of Irish rock.
This 40 year old musical journey charts the lives and careers of some of the biggest selling acts in Irish rock and how they helped to change the island along the way.



The programme will be aired:
-Friday 13th March 2015, 9pm, BBC4
-Thursday 19th March 2015, 10.15pm, RTE ONE
-Monday 23rd March 2015, 9pm, BBC NI

3songsbonn.
Concert review from Harmonie Bonn.
By 3songsbonn.
If I was given a seat directly in front of Ted McKenna’s drum-kit and unable to look at anything other than his face for the entire show know what?
I would come out with a big and happy grin on my face...



Read the interview here: 3songsbonn.

General Anzeiger.
Interview with Gerry by Cem Akalin.
-20 Jahre nach dem Tod der Gitarrenlegende lässt sein langjähriger Wegbegleiter Gerry McAvoy die Musik wieder aufleben-



Roger Glover, Bassist und Produzent von Deep Purple, hatte also recht, als er sagte: "Mit seiner zerschundenen Stratocaster sagte er derWelt alles, was er zu sagen hatte."
War Rory so ein Einzelgänger, der seine Gefühle ausschließlich auf der Bühne auslebte?
McAvoy: Ja, Rory lebte wirklich nur für die Musik. Das war das, was ihn im Leben umtrieb.
Alles wurde der Musik untergeordnet, sogar seine Beziehungen zu Frauen.
Musik floss durch seine Adern. Nichts war wichtiger. Vielleicht noch Filme...
Read the article here:
General Anzeiger (PDF in German)

Celtic Music Radio.
Concert review by Tom Hamilton.
Have you heard the one about the Dutchman, the Irishman and the Scotsman…joined by a Frenchman that rocked out and blew the roof the ABCO2 Glasgow...
Read the articel here: Celtic Music Radio.

Mark Evans.
Here is an extract from Mark Evans former bass player with AC/DC.

...My first conversation with the guys, Malcolm asked me what my thoughts were on bass playing, and I said that I just wanted to tie it down.
I pointed to my favorite bass player at the time, a guy named Gerry McAvoy, who was Rory Gallagher's bass player. He just played it straight, you know? And that definitely struck a chord with Malcolm, so to speak.
Source: Guitar World.

Ted McKenna.
A wee reminder of the first time Ted met Rory Gallagher in1967.
His band The Rare Breed supported Taste in The Place, Edinburgh.
The band signed a promo pic for Ted...

 

Fatea.
"The Great British Rock & Blues Festival"
Concert review by John Knighton.



For sheer gutsy blues and a high-energy performance, you'd have to go a long way to beat the Band of Friends.
Formed to keep the wonderful music of Rory Gallagher alive,with Rory's former bass player Gerry McAvoy, they drew a huge crowd to the Rock stage on Saturday afternoon, the powerhouse trio, which includes Alex Harvey's former drummer Ted McKenna and guitarist Marcel Scherpenzeel, put on a wonderful show.
It's no wonder they were European Blues Award winners in 2013.

Marcel's lyrical guitar playing was simply brilliant as Gerry worked the crowd.
Songs included Leap of Faith, a great Tattooed Lady and Shadow Play.
They packed so much energy into their set.
A deserved encore saw Come Back Baby merge into Bullfrog Blues and the crowd went bonkers.
In my notes I wrote "Rory would have approved". I'm sure he would.
Source:
Fatea-records.


Get Ready to Rock.
"The Great British Rock & Blues Festival"
Concert review by Pete Feenstra & Simon Dunkerley.

Back in Reds, Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna revisit the Rory Gallagher back catalogue with Band of Friends.
McAvoy has been reborn as a front man who is clearly at ease conducting a number of call and response moments and they take the audience to fever pitch on favourites like 'Shadow Play', 'Philby' and 'A Million Miles Away'.


                   (Photo by Simon Dunkerley)

Simon Dunkerley writes: "I unfortunately missed seeing Rory Gallagher live, so to get to see Band of Friends is as close as it gets.
Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna both performed with Rory, Gerry for some 25 years in total, and have been touring with Marcel Scherpenzeel on guitar as BOF for a number of years now.
They pulled one of the biggest crowds so far this weekend and with good reason: Rory’s music crosses so many barriers.

Kicking out tracks like 'Cradle Rock', 'Wayward Child' and 'Philby' the showmanship and absolute quality of the playing shines through and the band interaction evident throughout the set. Without doubt this was the highlight and set of the weekend for me."
Source:
Get Ready to Rock.


Barnowlblues.
Concert review & interview:"De Boerderij" Zoetermeer.
Wat ooit door twee van de voormalige begeleiders van Rory Gallagher, Gerry McAvoy en Ted McKenna, is begonnen als een goh-wat-leuk-die-muziek-van-Rory-daar-moeten-we-eens-wat-mee-gaan-doen is na enkele jaren uitgegroeid tot een band van naam en faam....
Read the article here:
Barnowlblues (in Dutch).
And
here in English (PDF).

Read the interview here: Band of Friends interview.(in Dutch)

Blues Magazine.
Interview met Marcel Scherpenzeel.
Text:Jeroen Bakker.
Deze week werd bekend dat Band Of Friends is toegevoegd aan de nu al indrukwekkende line-up van Bospop 2015 dat komende zomer te Weert zal plaatsvinden.



"Ik was al op jonge leeftijd bezig met muziek en ging vooral met jongens om die zich volledig richtten op rock ’n roll en rockabilly”, aldus de sympathieke frontman van de band."
Ik besloot al snel dat ik mijn horizon wilde verbreden......
Read the complete article here:
Blues Magazine.

Celtic Connections.
Live at Celtic Connections 2015
Band of Friends with Dan Ar Braz.


Full set.

BBC Radio Scotland.
Celtic Connections.



Band Of Friends will be performing live on BBC Radio Scotland, as part of "The Jazz House" - Celtic Connections Special show, with Stephen Duffy.
The show goes out between 8pm and 10pm.
Celtic Connections BBC Music.

Rock Overdose.
Live report Shadow Play Vol.6
Read the article here: Rock Overdose.

Shadowplay Festival.
The final Shadowplay festival in Kytarro club,
Athens,Greece was dedicated to a fan of the band,
who could not make the show because of Illness.
Sadly Dimitris passed away today.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
Gerry,Marcel,Ted

Fairport's Cropredy Convention.
Band of Friends are one of the first bands to be announced as part of the 2015 line-up.
Early Birds Tickets are on sale now.
Fairport Convention. Facebook: Fairport's Cropredy















 


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